2019 IABCB National Championships

The Irish Association of Brass & Concert Bands National Band Championships, held recently held at Artane School of Music in Dublin was won by Drogheda Brass. The band gave excellent performances of both the set test 'Episodes for Brass' by Gareth Churcher, and their own-choice 'The Raid' by Oliver Waespi, under the skillful direction of Michael Maher.
The top prize in Section 2 was claimed by 1st Old Boys Youth led by Wesley Thompson. There was much to commend in their performances of Rodney Newton’s ‘World Tour’ and ‘The Graces of Love’ by Oliver Waespi. Stedfast Shoes were the only entrant in Section 3, but gave a great account of themselves.
Section 1:
Adjudicator: Alan Morrison
Own Choice/Set Piece =Total
Set Piece: Episodes for Brass (Gareth Churcher)
1. Drogheda Brass (Michael Maher): 96/96 = 192
2. Lourdes Brass (Prof. Michael Alcorn): 94/95 = 189
3. Stedfast Band (Brian Daly): 95/93 = 188
4. Navan Silver (Stephen Murray): 93/92 = 185
Best Instrumentalist: Mark Newman (principal cornet) — Lourdes Brass Band
Best Own Choice: Drogheda Brass Band
Best Section 1 Band: Drogheda Brass Band
Best Band (Overall Championship): Drogheda Brass Band
Section 2:
Own Choice/Set Piece = Total
Set Piece: Choice from World Tour (Rodney Newton); Stantonbury Festival (Ray Steadman-Allen); Saint-Saens Variations (Philip Sparke)
1. 1st Old Boys Youth Band (Wesley Thompson): 92/90 = 182
2. Ennis Brass Band (Mark Nutley): 89/89 = 178
Best Own Choice: 1st Old Boys Youth Band
Section 3:
(Points only)
1. Stedfast Shoes Brass Band (Shane Smith): 176

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